We have just received word from a reliable source that could shed some light on what the mysterious “Project Emerald” at T-Mobile really is. Many speculated it might be a re-launch of the Sidekick brand, but according to our anonymous tipster, Emerald actually entails the release of two “3.5G” devices. What are the two new devices that will be the first HSPA+ handsets for T-Mobile? You may recognize them as the HTC Desire HD and the HTC Vision (which features a front-facing camera), but when they launch on the magenta carrier they will be known as the MyTouch HD and the G1 Blaze respectively.
The two handsets are coming as a “secret launch” with one landing September 22nd and the other landing the 29th. Each store is electing an Android specialist to coordinate with the release of the two devices, with reps being sent out for special training. According to our source the dates corresponding to the launches are blacked out on the TMo calander, further corroborating the secrecy of these handsets.
Now take this as a big rumor as we only have the word of our source (who has been dead-on in the past) to go off of. If it does prove to be true expect the leaks to slowly start to build up as we near the end of September. Oh, TMo can try to keep it a secret all they want, but that is becoming awfully difficult these days (Droid 2, anyone?).
[NOTE]: Our source also says the above pictured HTC Vision/G1 Blaze isn’t quite the same as the one he has spied coming to T-Mobile. We’re not sure in what ways it differs, but he confirms the phone will have a front-facing camera and optical trackpad.
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- Check out the T-Mobile MyTouch HD forums, see the specs, or find news and reviews.